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Genres: Blues, Jazz, Pop
This 1957 performance, which united Count Basie's contemporary band with its greatest alumni, was a truly festive event that reached back to the 1930s for some of the repertoire and some of the guests. The contrasting teno... more »
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This 1957 performance, which united Count Basie's contemporary band with its greatest alumni, was a truly festive event that reached back to the 1930s for some of the repertoire and some of the guests. The contrasting tenors of Lester Young and Illinois Jacquet, drummer Jo Jones, trumpeter Roy Eldridge, and the great Kansas City blues shouter Jimmy Rushing are all featured, as is the band's regular vocalist, Joe Williams. The band, a great unit on its own, shines in support of Young on his trademark "Lester Leaps In," while Rushing matches the band's collective power on "Sent for You Yesterday" and "Boogie Woogie." Basie's piano sounds more inspired than usual, and the extended jam session on "One O'Clock Jump" is a triumph for Eldridge. --Stuart Broomer
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jive rhapsodist | NYC, NY United States | 09/07/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"1957. And the Last Reunions had already begun. Was this Lester's last time playing with Basie? Maybe not, but it's the last one readily available. So often in Jazz these kind of records are more impressive for who is on them than for what actually happens musically. Not here. Maybe Jo Jones' drumming was considered passe by some of the audience, and even by some of the musicians. If so, they were crazy. He burns his way through the tracks he plays on and goads and gooses Lester Young to some of his last great moments. Roy Eldridge plays clean-up on One O'Clock Jump and he plays to the cheap seats. When this kind of thing works from Roy (Flyin'Home - Metronome All-Stars Concert, 1944) it's amazing, but here it's a bit too over the top. But the sense of occasion is all over this disc and if you have ANY Jazz nostalgia whatsoever, you have to own it. The '50's Basie band and Joe Williams sound positively mechanical and empty next to all of this, but that's OK. You can study their tracks as a primer on the change and evolution of Jazz styles."
Glorious blast from the past
Samuel Chell | Kenosha,, WI United States | 08/09/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It's not quite up to the remastered edition of Ellington at Newport (what is?), but this 1957 date is an inspired Basie reunion session with audio quality that is more real, more "present" than the original vinyl recording (even if balance is occasionally problematic). Before taking seriously a previous reviewer's recommendation to bypass the opening announcements, remember who's making them: John Hammond, the legendary producer who discovered Count Basie! Among the featured Basie alumni are Lester Young (sounding surprisingly strong compared to other recordings by him during this period), Joe Jones (still at the top of his game), Illinois Jacquet (as good as ever) and Roy Eldridge (putting the proceedings into a stratospheric bed on "One O'clock Jump"). The "modern" Basie Band is tight and explosive, with Sonny Payne kicking up a storm. After Jimmy Rushing (who unfortunately is undermiked), Joe Williams sounds solid but anticlimactic (partly because of overly familiar material--pick up his Live at Newport 1963 recording instead). All in all, not only a classic session from the Newport Festival but a highly spirited and, well, festive one."